What You Need to Know About Your New Medicare Card

January 8th, 2019 by John Wilson

Some fairly recent legislation will be bringing about considerable changes to your Medicare card. This change comes specifically at the hands of former President Obama and his administration who, in 2015, put forth a new law that removes a person’s social security number on their Medicare card. The issuing of these new cards has brought about considerable confusion and worry for residents of assisted living care in Oklahoma City. As such, here are some of the most important facts to keep in mind as the new Medicare cards begin to roll out.

“What Happens If I’m on the Medicare Advantage Plan?”

You will still receive a new Medicare card, even if you are a member of the Advantage Plan. However, it won’t be your primary card. Instead, you will generally need your Medicare Advantage identification card for most of your medical needs. As a general pointer, it’s still a good idea to keep your new card on hand at all times, just in case you need it; some healthcare staff may ask to see the new card in addition to your ID and other health cards.

“Will I Be Allowed to Share My Card Information?”

You can share your card information with anyone in charge of your medical care. This includes any and all power(s) of attorney in your family who are directly responsible for managing your care decisions, as well as pharmacies, insurers and health care providers.

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“Will I Need to Pick Up My New Card Myself?”

No. Your new card will be sent to you via USPS mail. If you have recently moved into an affordable assisted living center or otherwise need to update your address before your new card ships out, you can do so by calling 1-800-772-1213 or logging into your account at the official website for the Social Security Administration.

New cards will begin shipping out between April 2018 and April 2019. If you are a resident of assisted living care in Oklahoma City, you’ve likely already received your card.

“What Should I Do With My Former Card?”

Your old card should be destroyed as soon as you receive the new one. Use scissors to cut the card into pieces or run it through a shredder to protect your sensitive information.

“Is the Card Free or Am I Required to Pay for It?”

Your new Medicare card will come at absolutely no cost to you. Beware of supposed “Medicare professionals” who call you asking for payment for your new card; they aren’t actually employed by Medicare and are trying to extort you.

Above all, remember this one fact: regardless of your new card, you will still remain on the same Medicare plan. This won’t negatively impact your ability to afford the cost of assisted living in OKC or similar factors. To learn more about the relationship between your new Medicare card and your ability to find or remain in affordable assisted living, contact us at Village at Oakwood.

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